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Street Art #104

I don’t get to travel very much, and in fact haven’t left the UK in almost five years, but I do love to collect street art from anywhere so I’m always very grateful when friends collect it for me on their travels.  This batch of photos was kindly provided by Daisy, who visited Italy twice last year and managed to find some beautiful street art while she was there.  The last one is my favourite.

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Street Art #103

Spotted this on the side of Taylor Taylor (Portobello Road, W10), it’s a stuck on creation rather than one done with spray paint.  I’ve left the image at full size so click on it to view a larger version and see all the details.

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On the way home I also spied this sneaky sticker by Fauntleroy Snooty, located on the Harrow Road at the junction with Ladbroke Grove (just in front of E.M. Lander Memorials).  Like this?  You might also like Street Art #55 and Street Art #76.

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Wednesday WIP

Not much going on in the studio at the moment in terms of bookbinding, but I’ve had some other projects on the go.  First up was a small crochet project that turned into an epic production line.  I’ll write about that separately (and possibly try and cobble together a pattern too) but basically I was making hats for babies, a child, and a grandmother.  Here’s my doglet looking mightily bemused at me perching a hat on him.

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I’ve also been a bit distracted by the reading challenge I set myself for this year – which is to read all of the classics on my bookshelves that I’ve not read previously.  To make it more challenging I’m reading them in the exact order they’re in on the shelf, so that I can’t just pick the ones I like the sound of (which would then leave me with all the ones I’m not keen on to plough through towards the end of the year).  It’s going well so far and I’ve read four, and to add a further challenge I’ve decided to illustrate my efforts.  The shelf I’m working through is stocked with £1 classics – cheap and functional paperbacks that I bought when I was in my teens.  They’re fine but they’re not the prettiest of books, so I’m changing the covers (well, the spines) for my illustration.  Here’s how it looks so far.

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The other thing I’m working on is new merchandise.  I’ve been having fun drawing and painting over the past couple of months and it’s about time I actually did something with my work so I’m looking into having a few of the designs printed as notecards, or even as notebooks (with lined pages for a change, as my handbound books are always blank).  It’s probably going to take me another month to decide which designs to go with, and then to get them ordered, but watch this space for updates!

Street Art #102

I have got dreadfully behind with my street art collection yet again.  This fish (trout?) was spotted on the canal near the Ha’penny Steps, W9.

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Street Art #101

Well that didn’t take long!  The Queens Park Station graffiti spot has changed hands already, this time it’s a cute piece by BotManClick here to view the previous bit of art for this location.

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Street Art #100

I love this ghost I found in Gunnersbury Park.

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Street Art #99

Last week I featured a piece I spotted in the graffiti tunnel at Waterloo.  This week we have some more random photos I took that same week.  I actually visited the area twice in three days and a lot of new work sprang up in just that short time so I really ought to try and get back there once a month this year if I can.

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